One Part of Brain Doesn't Age, Researchers Say
At least one part of an older person's brain can still process information as well as younger people, according to new research.
Researchers compared the spatial attention skills of 60 older adults and younger people. Spatial attention is important for many areas of life,...
Are We Getting Dumber? IQ Scores Going Down
A new study suggests that the IQs of people in the UK, Denmark, and Australia have declined in the last decade, and that human intelligence levels are leveling off.
Obesity Protects Seniors From Dementia: Oxford Study
Obesity in old age may actually offer some protection against dementia, according to new research. The study also confirmed that obesity early in life - from childhood to middle age - is linked with dementia later in life.
Best Depression Treatment Is Drug-Therapy Combo: Study
A combination of therapy and antidepressants appears to best help people with severe but short-term depression, a new study reports.
Four out of five people suffering from severe depression for less than two years experienced full recovery when treated with cognitive therapy...
Autism Linked to Too Many Brain Synapses
Columbia University Medical Center scientists have found children with autism have an oversupply of synapses in some parts of their brains, which may affect their ability to process information.
Breast-Feeding Lowers Risk of Postpartum Depression: Study
Breast-feeding cuts new mothers' risk of depression by half, a study says.
Researchers analyzed data from nearly 14,000 births in England and found that risk of postpartum depression was 50 percent lower among women who followed through on plans to breast-feed, BBC News...
3 Drug-Free Migraine Treatments That Really Work
Migraines strike 36 million Americans and account for $17 billion in medication and other treatment costs every year. But health experts say three scientifically proven migraine treatments are as effective as expensive drugs and other therapies.
How Big Data Helps Fight Parkinson's Disease
US computing giant Intel announced Wednesday it was joining an effort to battle Parkinson's disease with new big data and wearable technologies to improve research and treatment.
Intel said it would work with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research --...
Trouble Sleeping Suicide Risk for Seniors
In a new study, people age 65 and older who reported trouble sleeping were more likely to commit suicide over the next ten years than those who slept well. Doctors who treat patients with depression or a history of suicide attempts should consider sleep problems a further...
FDA OKs New Insomnia Drug
A new prescription insomnia drug that's the first of its kind was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. Belsomra (suvorexant) tablets are approved to treat patients with insomnia, which means they have difficulty falling and staying asleep.The new...
Fair Ride Cause Woman's Year-Long Dizziness
A British woman has felt dizzy ever since taking a spin on a carnival ride a year ago at a fair. Doctors say her condition is caused by a rare type of migraine.
Music Training Boosts Kids' Reading, Language Skills
New research suggests that when kids learn a musical instrument, they might get an added bonus: Enhanced reading and language skills. The study, presented at the recent annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, found that 9- and 10-year-old kids who were...
Robin William' Death Spotlights Mental Health Stigma
The apparent suicide of Robin Williams is a national wakeup call that should turn a national spotlight on depression, mental health experts say. They hope the tragedy will lead others who suffer from this devastating life-threatening disease to seek treatment.
More Sunlight Exposure Leads to Better Health: Study
A study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign indicates that all-day exposure to natural light, even by means of a window, leads to longer sleep duration at night, as well as increased physical activity and quality of life.
Man's Rare Condition Upends Strategy Against Alzheimer's
A man with a rare disease has shown scientists that there might be a different way to try to halt the devastating damage of Alzheimer's disease.
A mutation of the apolipoprotein E gene (apoE4) has been shown to raise the chances of developing the memory-robbing condition,...
Scientists Pinpoint Brain Area Protected From Aging
Researchers at the University of Adelaide conducted a study that suggests parts of the senior brain function just as well as during their prime. The research could be useful to the aging population, giving confidence to seniors seeking to understand their limits and test...
Vietnam Vet Study Shows PTSD Can Last Decades
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans can last for decades, according to a new study that looked at Americans who served in the Vietnam War. Researchers found that most of the 11 percent of veterans who had PTSD a decade or more after that war showed little...
US Sees Big Jump in Drug-Related Suicide Attempts
Drug-related suicide attempts in the United States increased over a recent six-year period, with dramatic increases seen among young and middle-aged adults, health officials reported Thursday. Overall, suicide attempts involving prescription medications and other drugs...
Low Vitamin D Linked to Dementia
Elderly people with less vitamin D in their blood may be more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer's disease than those with more, according to anew analysis of data from the mid-1990's.
Severe vitamin D deficiency, and the associated increased risk for dementia,was rare...
Fast Stroke Treatment Raises Chances of Full Recovery by 75 Percent
Another study confirms that time is brain when treating stroke patients with a powerful clot-busting drug, tPA. Prompt treatment with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA, also known as alteplase) is a very effective means of limiting the degree of disability in stroke...
New App Enables ALS Patients to Make 'Brain Commands'
The Netherlands' Royal Philips and IT consultancy Accenture are developing software to help people with neurodegenerative diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, live more independently.
The companies said they have built a...
African Plant Offers Alzheimer's Hope
An African plant used for centuries by healers on an island off the western coast of Africa to ease mental health problems has been found to contain a chemical compound that scientists say may offer protection against dementia.
Eating Fish Once a Week Boosts Brain: Study
Pitt researchers have found eating baked or broiled fish once a week can keep you mentally sharp as you grow older, reducing the risk of developing dementia and other mental health disorders.
Middle Age Hypertension Can Lead to Dementia: Johns Hopkins
Let your blood pressure get too high in midlife, and you might pay the price in mental decline later on, a new study suggests.
The study of almost 14,000 people found that high blood pressure in those aged 48 to 67 was tied to a late-life drop in mental ability. Over 20...
Hospital Killing Shows Safety Gap in Mental Health
When a man opened fire at a hospital outside Philadelphia, fatally shooting his caseworker and injuring his psychiatrist, the doctor saved his own life and probably the lives of others by pulling out a gun and shooting the patient.
IfDr. Lee Silverman's decision to arm...
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